Graphic Design (general) Archive:

I’ve always read how well designed HC Beck’s 1933 version of the London underground was. It only occurred to me the other day that I never had seen the old version for comparison. There are definitely significant improvements (…improvements that have proven very useful as the system grew further), but I can’t say it blows me away. Of course, that might be because we now view those design features as commonplace.

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You should always adjust for population.

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Is it just me, or do John McWade’s awesome videos remind you of Bob Ross? The same happy obsession with a craft, combined with a calm soothing voice. I mean, just add a perm, right?

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Anyways, his graphic design advice is fantastic. He can occasionally get a little too Tufte minimalist, but that’s just a minor quibble. Subscribe to his youtube channel if you know what’s good for you.

Feels like a music video for a slogan, using meaningless animated infographics.

Getting Lost from Marco Bagni – LostConversation on Vimeo.

To be honest, I get submitted so many crap info-posters, I almost didn’t catch this one. Lots of interesting content, and the animation is a nice aesthetic innovation (though probably not really necessary, of course).

Cheetah: Nature's Speed Machine, by Jacob O'Neal

In related news, the Washington DC Zoo has had a steady crop of adorable cheetah cubs the past few years. Click the link for some awww-some pictures.

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Awesome article in The Atlantic about the science and process that goes into Google’s maps and directions.

The maps you see represent the combination of many different sources of information. For example, the map below includes street signs captured by Street View cars driving around.

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If you didn’t know, you can add your own local knowledge to Google maps with their Map Maker:

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I can’t say I agree with a lot of these deconstructed icons, but it is a fun collection to look through.

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There’s an entertaining article over at LogoDesignLove about the history of the NASA logo.

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Nice work by Karyn Rossen. Though I think I would have taken this further. Maybe adding labels and saying “explained”, then an animated lego plane saying “too far”.

What is an infographic?

Ian Lurie provides an entertaining list of reasons why crap link-bait infographics aren’t really infographics at all.my infographic

An interactive online Hue test. It’s a little tedious to sort all the squares – but kind of challenging too. I got a 20, which apparently puts me in the top 25% or so.

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This has been making the rounds lately. I find it as interesting to look at the minimalist design inherent in modern logos as the ownership concentrations.

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